About Dirk Chatelain

Dirk Chatelain is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and general assignments. You can follow Dirk on Twitter (@dirkchatelain) or email him at dchatelain@owh.com

Posts by Dirk Chatelain

Mad Chatter: Osborne, Switzer & 28 years of NCAA ‘progress’; Pelini the Mad Man; Tim Miles and Tennessee

Unlimited bananas at the training table! A breakthrough in the NCAA’s ongoing battle with critics over student-athlete compensation.

OK, maybe not. If anything, these little amendments illustrate how ridiculous the rulebook was/still is. The issues we’re arguing about are the exact same ones people argued about 30 years ago — when coaching salaries were still six digits.

The following stories came from Michael Kelly and The World-Herald … in 1986!

Although Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne favors changes in college athletics to benefit athletes, he said Thursday he disagrees with a proposal calling for players to delay the start of the Nebraska-Oklahoma game by 30 minutes as a showing of their solidarity.

Dick DeVenzio, a former Duke University basketball player who is trying to form an …

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Mad Chatter: The Masters back nine, spring game questions, Husker baseball

Did the Masters disappoint because A) Tiger was missing; B) Tiger and Phil were missing; or C) there was little back-nine drama.

Depends whom you ask. TV ratings were down, suggesting it was more A and B (don’t discount Phil’s impact on ratings). But for me, the answer was C.

The Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday, right? Dan Jenkins’ famous line rang hollow in 2014. Bubba Watson’s four closest pursuers made a combined three back-nine birdies.

Jordan Spieth made zero.

Jonas Blixt made one (on 13).

Rickie Fowler made one (14).

Matt Kuchar made (11).

I loved the way Augusta National played this weekend. It was as firm and fast as I’d ever seen it. Just as Bobby Jones …

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Mad Chatter: SEC cheating, Tim Miles’ new assistant, Creighton hoops fan

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover an emotional Tom Izzo and a snarky Jon Stewart, Webb Simpson’s caddy and Tim Miles’ new assistant, World Cup soccer and NBA playoffs and, of course, another quarrel between Creighton basketball fan and yours truly.

But first, the hottest sports story of the week: The Bag Men of the SEC.

“I look at this as an investment. When you ask me why I do this … let me ask you something. Who’s your favorite sports team? Most favorite. Who do you live and die with? What if I told you that if you gave me $10,000 right now I could guarantee you they’d be better? That if they were usually bad that they’d …

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Mad Chatter: Husker high hopes, Creighton’s depressing TV ratings, Rutgers vs. UConn

Way, way, way-too-early preseason men’s basketball Top 25s are coming out and a very unusual name is appearing: Nebraska.

The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre ranks NU 18th, behind Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten.

C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report pegs the Huskers 17th overall and third in the Big Ten, ahead of Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has NU 17th but second in the Big Ten.

Not all national analysts agree on the Huskers. ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan leaves them unranked, behind Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa.

The national optimism is nice, but people shouldn’t forget how much went right for NU in the last two months of the season — it resembled Nebraska football’s remarkable six-game …

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Mad Chatter: College basketball’s wacky finale, Suh v. McDermott, the birth of Barkley

In our grandfathers’ sports world, teams earned glory over the long haul.

Before 1969, major-league baseball determined each league’s World Series representative by the regular-season standings alone. The league championship series didn’t exist. Most of baseball’s 20 teams were mathematically eliminated by Labor Day.

Before 1974, the final coaches poll in college football was taken before the bowl games. Those were considered exhibitions — rewards for a good season. (This is why bowl games are still a month after the regular season, one of the silliest scheduling quirks in sports.)

Before 1975, only conference champions qualified for the NCAA tournament in college basketball. After No. 3 Maryland (John Lucas and Len Elmore) missed the field in ’74, the tournament expanded to include at-large bids.

Before …

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Mad Chatter: McDermott un-unanimous, SEC football schedules, Final Four

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Darin Erstad and Yordano Ventura, Danny Manning and Charlie Strong, SEC football schedules and overpaid MLB sluggers. But first, Doug McDermott vs. Russ Smith.

In defending his player of the year vote for Smith – not McDermott — Louisville columnist Rick Bozich comes the closest we’ve seen any writer all year to criticizing McDermott. This section had some spice:

“Let’s be honest. The 2014 player of the year race was over in February. Maybe January. I’m not sure what the tipping point was, but the national chatter was all McDermott, McDermott, McDermott.

Considering McDermott plays at Creighton and many of the Bluejays’ games were not carried on national TV, my guess is that

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Mad Chatter: 5 sports holidays; Mac vs. Wojo; Tiger, DeSean, Doug and Nebrasketball

Mad Chatter has been taking more days off than Jim Rome, Jon Stewart & all of France in August.

OK, it was really only two days, but I apologize. Between a Doug McDermott special section project (coming out Sunday) that required me to watch and chart all 1,141 of his career field goals (go ahead, quiz me) and this Tim Miles/Dave Van Horn column, I missed blogging last Wednesday and this Monday, one of the hottest sports days of the year.

Of course, if it were up to baseball fans, Opening Day would be a national holiday. I don’t buy it. Let’s start today with five weekdays better reserved for replacing Presidents Day on the government calendar:

1. Day one of the NCAA tournament

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Mad Chatter: Rasmussen’s frustrating Sunday, B1G hoops, Miguel Cabrera

It’s Friday. That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover Miguel Cabrera and Gene Smith, Tim Miles and Tom Osborne, Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery. But first, Creighton’s loss to Baylor.

From the beginning, the one constant has been Bruce Rasmussen. He hired Dana Altman. He shepherded Creighton basketball into a new arena. He hired Greg McDermott. He helped transform the Bluejays into a national program.

If anyone deserved to be in San Antonio last weekend for the end of an era, it was Rasmussen. He couldn’t, of course, because he’s on the NCAA basketball committee and had duties in Buffalo. He almost made it to the Alamo anyway.

But in Detroit, Rasmussen missed his San Antonio connection by about 10 …

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Mad Chatter: Similar losses, starkly different locker rooms; Creighton’s and Nebraska’s future; Fred Hoiberg

It felt like the same game I watched 48 hours earlier. Only somehow worse.

When the brackets were released on Selection Sunday, I knew the No. 6 seed wasn’t a good matchup for Nebraska or for Creighton. So much length on the back line. And competent guards, too. But I didn’t expect this. I didn’t expect two dream seasons to be stomped on by…

Baylor?

But the emotional contrast between the two endings was stark. In Nebraska’s locker room, it felt like a parent at a middle-school graduation. There were few — if any — tears. Players and coaches were disappointed — Tim Miles was still miffed by the officiating — but they mostly saw a blowout loss to Baylor as a necessary step in …

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Game replay: Baylor 85, Creighton 55

Hot at the refs: Greg McDermott was as angry as I’ve seen him all year after officials whistled his All-America son for his second foul with 9:26 left, immediately after he’d committed his first.

Doug had stayed out of foul trouble most of the year — and rarely got called for the ticky-tack variety. Coach McDermott’s frustration nearly bubbled over a few times later in the half.

McDrought: Doug McDermott didn’t score a field goal until the 3:06 mark of the first half. It was reminiscent of the George Washington loss, when McDermott went 2 for 12 and didn’t make a field goal the last 29 minutes of action.

Rebounding meaningless: Had you told Greg McDermott Sunday morning he’d give up only five offensive boards …

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